How to Create your own Makeup Remover - 5 Easy Recipes

By COSI Hotels Posted on 18 Aug 20

Forgot your makeup remover and thinking of leaving your makeup on for a night? Think again. Leaving your makeup on for just one night might not cause permanent damage to your skin, but still there are good reasons why you shouldn't go to bed wearing full makeup. It can easily lead to clogged pores, pimples, irritation, especially from mascara and eyeliner, and dullness.

If you can't find any makeup remover when you are travelling and don't want to leave your makeup on until the next morning, we have five easy DIY makeup remover recipes for you.

Olive Oil Makeup Remover

Nobody carries a bottle of olive oil on their trip so call your hotel front desk and ask for a bowl of extra virgin olive oil.


  • 50% extra virgin olive oil
  • 50% water

Oil and water don't mix so you will have to find a container or bottle to mix them together. The reason we mix water in is because using only olive oil might leave your skin too greasy. After you wipe your makeup off using a cotton pad, make sure you wash your face again with your regular facial wash.

Witch Hazel Makeup Remover

Witch Hazel is known as a treatment for acne-prone skin and is popular as a facial toner base.


  • 50% witch hazel
  • 50% water

Mix witch hazel and water together in a container. Apply it with cotton pads or cotton wool. Wash yourself off again with water, and then moisturise with your cream of choice.

Coconut Oil with Witch Hazel Makeup Remover

Considered a superfood, coconut oil offers more than just dietary health benefits, but also skin benefits. Known to help keep your skin moisturised and hydrated, coconut oil can also keep your tan looking beautiful. In addition it can serve as your DIY makeup remover.


  • 95% coconut oil
  • 5% witch hazel

Mix both ingredients together in a container, then apply it with cotton wool or cotton pads. If you find it too oily you can always soak your cotton wool in water before applying it on your face. Afterwards don't forget to rinse your face with water.

Shea Butter Makeup Remover Balm

Apart from its divine smell, shea butter offers plenty of direct benefits to your skin. It can reduce skin inflammation, relieve itchiness, and moisturise dry skin. It also has a long shelf life so you can keep it around until the day you really need it.


  • 95% unrefined shea butter
  • 5% virgin coconut oil

Melt the shea butter and coconut oil at low heat in a pan and whisk gently until it mixes together nicely. Transfer the mixture into a container such as a Mason jar or glass container. Leave it in the fridge for an hour or until it becomes solid. Then apply your makeup remover balm on your face before gently wiping it off with cotton wool. Finally, wash your face with water.

Avocado Butter Makeup Remover

When everyone puts avocado in everything they eat, why not put it in a makeup remover too? The oils found in avocado can help hydrate your skin, keep your skin smooth, and repair damaged skin.

  • 100% avocado butter

Melt the avocado butter at low heat until it becomes liquid. Let it sit for a few minutes. You can use it while it is soft with cotton pads or cotton wool. When you're done, wash your face with water. With all these recipes you can also add essential oils, but to keep it on the more natural side - they are good just as they are.